Penny Appeal supporting Kenyan mothers and babies with latest appeal

Penny Appeal is looking to support some of the most vulnerable mothers and babies in Kenya, where maternal mortality rates are some of the highest in the world, through its Fragile Lives campaign.

Public donations, which will be matched by the UK government, will help support over 400,000 people access better medical services, maternal healthcare, child nutrition and screening services.

Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO says: “We are overjoyed to be working closely with the UK government to facilitate real and positive change for mothers and babies, which will help determine the strength and success of future generations.”

Find out more about the appeal here.

Amref Health Africa UK launches ‘Health in Her Hands’ campaign

Amref Health Africa launched Health in Her Hands today (8 March), a new appeal which will support frontline health workers who are saving and changing lives across Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 11% of the global population – but only 3% of the world’s health workers. Worldwide, a shortfall of almost 18 million health workers is projected by 2030.

“Investing in female health workers is vital if this trend is to be reversed,” says Amref Health Africa UK’s Chief Executive, Frances Longley. “When they’re equipped with the right tools and training, women have the power to transform the health of some of the most remote and marginalised communities in Africa. They’re on the front line of change – and Amref Health Africa is determined to help them succeed.”

The funds raised through Health in Her Hands will be used to strengthen health systems, train health workers and improve access to services. Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match appeal, every public donation will be matched by the UK government.

Find out more here.

Womankind Worldwide looks to reclaim stolen livelihoods on International Women’s Day

Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), women’s rights charity Womankind Worldwide has launched a new appeal to support a movement of women in rural Uganda who are resisting the land grab.

Women and their families in rural Uganda are being violently evicted from their homes to make way for oil plants and big factories. Currently 300,000 rural women in Northern and Western Uganda have been evicted from their homes, or are facing eviction, and up to a million women are expected to be affected in the next six years.

The Reclaiming Stolen Livelihoods appeal will raise funds to support women who have been forcibly evicted to fight for compensation, rebuild their livelihoods, and have a stronger voice in decisions that directly affect their land, their community and their lives. As a UK Aid Match appeal, all donations will be matched by the UK government.

Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt: “Womankind Worldwide and UK Aid are giving marginalised women across Uganda the chance to rebuild their livelihoods, understand their rights and determine their own futures.”

Find out more here.